New discoveries need a new story
Clearly the mystery of our beginning, and the extraordinary abilities that are key to our existence, are part of a story that doesn’t fit the conventional thinking of evolution. For this reason we need a new story that accommodates the evidence. Or conversely, we need to follow the evidence that we already have to the new story that it tells. From fossils and grave sites to brain size and DNA, the evidence is already answering the deepest questions of our existence. In doing so it’s also telling us a new human story. The key is that we must think differently about ourselves to accept what the story reveals.
If we’re honest and acknowledge that what we know of the world and about ourselves is changing, then it makes sense that our story must change as well. In all likelihood we’ll discover that our new history, and the story that follows, is hybrid of all stories – the marriage of evolution and directed mutation – in a form of directed evolution that is not accounted for in any of the existing theories alone.
The growing body of evidence supporting precisely such a story suggests that we are, in fact, the product of an exceptional process that reflects an unmistakable intentionality. We owe it to ourselves to embrace the evidence, and the story it tells. The reason that our new story is so important is simple: The better we know ourselves, the better we can thrive in the new world that’s emerging. n